An accident on board a yacht may be sufficiently traumatic to require yacht accident counselling. There are many types of accidents associated with yachts, some of them more traumatic than others. Although here at Accident Advice Helpline we cannot arrange counselling or help refer you to counselling, we recognise its importance in helping you to recover from your yacht accident. What we can do is to tailor a compensation package that will reflect the direct and indirect costs of your counselling sessions, as well as the usual financial recompense for your accident. This would include travel costs and loss of earnings as well as any counselling fees.
Why you might need counselling
It is easy to see how a serious yachting accident, such as being trapped underneath a capsized hull, could result in a need for psychological counselling. But even minor accidents that occur on board a yacht, far from shore and surrounded by a large expanse of water, may have a deeper psychological impact than a similar accident occurring on dry land. The sea, and bodies of water generally, loom large in our unconscious minds, and any incident that happens around them may easily be magnified into an irrational phobia of water or the sea. If you are normally someone that enjoys water-based activities, this could have an extremely negative curtailing effect on your life.
How counselling can help
Counselling can help bring your anxieties to the surface, which is the first step to recognising and overcoming them. Untreated anxieties can manifest themselves in symptoms such as nightmares, panic attacks, phobias, headaches, depression, mood swings and psychosomatic sensations such as uncontrollable shaking, body cramps and feelings of nausea. If you are seeing a doctor for the physical injuries resulting from your yacht accident, then they may also decide to refer you for NHS counselling. This is free but, because of this, there is often a long waiting time. In such circumstances you may decide that it’s important to receive quicker treatment for your problems and so opt to pay for private counselling. This is generally available sooner, but of course it can be expensive. However, if it forms a necessary part of your recovery then Accident Advice Helpline believes that the costs should form part of any accident compensation package.
Arranging a claim
If you think you may have grounds for a compensation claim then call our free, 24-hour helpline to speak to one of our friendly trained advisors about your experience. The accident must have happened within the last three years and you must be able to demonstrate that it was caused by the negligence of a third party. Our advisors will be able to tell you if it is worth continuing and, if so, they will put you in touch with one of our team of expert lawyers, all of whom work on a strict no win, no fee* basis. Let us know if you are receiving or intend to undergo counselling, and we will factor this in to any compensation claim we make on your behalf.
Call now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 13, 2015
Author: David Brown